‘What do we do when another disaster hits?’ Afghans face crises on all fronts after quake kills 1,000

The slow response, exacerbated by international sanctions and decades of mismanagement, concerns people working in the humanitarian space, like Obaidullah Baheer, lecturer in Transitional Justice at the American University of Afghanistan. “This is a very patchwork, band-aid solution for a problem that we need to start thinking (about) mid to long term… what do we … Read more

Myanmar junta shifts Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial to prison venue

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses since she was toppled in a coup early last year, including multiple counts of corruption. She denies all charges. Some media reported Suu Kyi had also been moved from house arrest into detention in … Read more

Heavy rain, floods and lightning leave dozens dead in India and Bangladesh

Northeastern India and northern Bangladesh have been particularly badly hit by severe weather, which has prompted some of the worst flooding in the region in years and left some towns cut off. A lightning strike killed 17 people on Saturday in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, according to its Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar. In … Read more

Proud to be back: Singapore’s Pink Dot rally makes colorful return

Lim, 21, was born male and now identifies as trans feminine. This year’s rally was her first, and she attended it by herself. “Transitioning in the army is as you can imagine,” she said. “I can’t publicly embrace this side of myself and only have friends in the online community.” “But today I decided to … Read more

Islamic State says attack on Sikh temple is revenge for Prophet insults

The attack on Saturday was “an act of revenge” following insults made by members of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party about the Prophet Mohammed, ISIS-Khorasan said on its Telegram channel. Nupur Sharma, a spokesperson for the party, had made derogatory remarks regarding the Prophet Mohammed during a panel discussion on a news channel and her … Read more

Two killed in Sikh temple attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul

Seven attackers tried to storm the temple in the early hours of Saturday morning, throwing grenades at security guards who were standing at the entrance. The attackers also detonated a car bomb in the area but no casualties were reported from the explosion. All seven gunmen were killed after a standoff that lasted several hours … Read more

Japan’s top court says government not responsible for Fukushima damage

The ruling’s effect as a precedent will be closely watched, media said. A massive tsunami set off by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast on March 11, 2011 struck the Fukushima Daiichi power plant of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and forcing hundreds of thousands from their … Read more

North Korea expands work at nuclear test site to second tunnel, report says

Preparation work at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility’s Tunnel No. 3 was apparently complete and ready for a possible nuclear test, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report, citing commercial satellite imagery. North Korea conducted six underground nuclear tests at the site from 2006 to 2017. The research group said that … Read more

11 years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents return to their village

Kazunori Iwayama, a former resident of Katsurao village, which lies about 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi plant said, “It feels like we finally reached the start line and can focus on bringing things back to normal.” On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s coast, triggering a tsunami … Read more

World’s nuclear arsenals on the rise as concerns grow over China and North Korea

“There are clear indications that the reductions that have characterized global nuclear arsenals since the end of the cold war have ended,” the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report Monday. The report comes amid growing Western concerns over efforts by both China and North Korea to expand their nuclear capabilities. The … Read more